Richard D. Panza, Esq.

Litigation • Environmental Law • Personal Injury • Labor & Employment Relations • Municipal & Public Law • Professional Practices & Health Care

Mr. Panza manages the Firm’s Litigation Practice and focuses on business litigation, with an emphasis on commercial law and environmental law. Since his admission to the Ohio Bar in 1973, Mr. Panza has appeared for argument before the Ohio Supreme Court on nine separate occasions, and before the United States Supreme Court to argue the seminal libel case on constitutionally protected opinion, Milkovich v. The Lorain Journal Co.

Mr. Panza holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, as well as a superb AVVO Rating. He is recognized in the 2014 through 2018 Editions of The Best Lawyers in America© (Commercial Litigation), Top Rated Lawyers, and Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers, has been selected to the 2009 through 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list, and in 2018 selected to the Super Lawyers Top 100 Ohio list.

He is a frequent speaker, presenter and teacher at legal seminars, addressing topics related to emerging commercial business issues; he also conducts libel seminars for reporters and newspapers. Mr. Panza is an active member of various legal organizations as well, including the Cleveland Legal Aid Society (President Emeritus), and the Ninth Appellate District of the Ohio State Bar Association (member, pro bono committee).

Practice Focus:
Business Litigation
Libel Defense

Bar Admissions:
1973 State of Ohio
1983 State of Florida
1986 State of New York

1970 State University of New York at Albany (B.A.)
1973 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D.)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (President Emeritus)
Ninth Appellate District of the Ohio State Bar Association (Member, Pro Bono Committee)
Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
American Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Lorain County Bar Association

Contact Information:
Direct (440) 695-8055
Fax (440) 695-8098